The headquarters of the milk group Lactalis in Laval, in the west of France, in an image dated January 12, 2018
A baby who consumed contaminated infant milk from the French brand Lactalis contracted salmonellosis in Spain and there is another suspicious case in Greece, scientists from the French Pasteur Institute said Friday.
„There are two cases that affect children who consumed the milk in question, the Spanish case is confirmed,“ François-Xavier Weill, of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, told AFP, confirming information published in the medical journal Eurosurveillance.
„In the Greek case, there are indications,“ added this bacteriologist.
The state of health of the two babies was not specified.
The Eurosurveillance article states that Lactalis‘ contaminated milk was exported to „66 countries, of which 12 from the European Union“.
In early December, alerts were sent to these countries through the information systems of the European Union and the World Health Organization (WHO).
In France, the health authorities reported about 35 babies affected by salmonellosis, after having consumed milk or a child feeding product from Lactalis. Of these, 18 were hospitalized, although all were already discharged and are „good“, according to the Public Health Agency France.
Main economic figures of the world milk group Lactalis
The health scandal erupted several weeks ago, when the government asked the first French dairy group to withdraw its milks and other children’s products manufactured at the Craon factory (west) since February 2017, after detecting salmonella contamination.
However, in France large distribution companies admitted in recent days have sold Lactalis products that should have been withdrawn from the sale.
French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Thursday that „sanctions“ could be issued for this commercialization.